FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau is taking a “bald” move to combat children’s cancer.
The town leader will be among the dozens who will face the razor Friday at the annual St. Baldrick’s/Team Teddy Osborn Hill School event, having his head shaved to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s cancer-fighting research funding.
HIs only question: “Will it grow back?”
As of Tuesday afternoon, Tetreau had already topped his $1,000 goal with a whopping $1,480 given through his official donations page . Donors can also give by phone at 888-899-2253.
In March 2010, the event, which has taken place at the school for years, was named for Teddy Gerber, a third-grader who passed away from a rare and aggressive form of pediatric cancer that year.
The shaving begins at 5:30 p.m. at the school, 760 Stillson Road.
Anyone interested in raising money by having their head shaved can sign up in advance by going to www.stbaldricks.org and typing in “Team Teddy — Osborn Hill School.” “Shavees” can also sign up in person on the 24th.
Don’t want to go under the razor? You can still participate by sponsoring a shavee online or in person.
There will also be a bake sale and a raffle for prizes big and small, including tickets for a Red Sox-Yankees game and Billy Joel and a new bike. Super Duper Weenie will donate a percentage of their food truck sales at the event to the cause.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other entity except the U.S. government. Thousands of volunteers worldwide have funded more than $200 million in grants since its founding in 2004.